A Warrnambool man with a history of breaching court orders has been placed on a community order after pestering and abusing a former girlfriend.
Ronald Slater, 49, of Kiama Avenue, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to breaching a court order.
He was placed on a 15-month community corrections order with the conditions he undertake supervision and programs as requested, such as alcohol use.
Magistrate Noreen Toohey warned Slater he has a lengthy criminal history and he had to make changes because similar offending would result in jail sentences.
Police alleged that Slater breached a court order when he went to a home in Ringwood and approached the home of a former girlfriend.
He then abused her.
When interviewed by police be denied the offending.
His previous court appearances related to breaching court orders and assaulting women.
A lawyer said the latest incident was isolated and not as serious as previous offending because it did not involve actual physical violence.
The lawyer asked for a fine which the magistrate said was totally inappropriate for someone with Slater's history.
She said it was clear that Slater had real trouble with relationships and he needed to address his behaviour.
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